State Water Project
To have a means for transporting SWP water to Rosedale from the California Aqueduct, Rosedale participated in the construction of the 21-mile long Cross Valley Canal (CVC). Upon reaching Rosedale, the water supplies are delivered directly to recharge areas for direct replenishment of the underlying groundwater aquifer or to landowners within Rosedale who had access to turnouts on the Goose Lake Slough for direct delivery. Direct delivery to landowners results in less water being pumped and is considered “in-lieu” recharge. Rosedale has very limited in-lieu recharge capability and relies almost exclusively upon direct recharge.
The SWP supplies make up approximately 25% of the District’s water supply portfolio.
The other major contractual source of Kern River available to Rosedale is water purchased from the City of Bakersfield (the “City”). Rosedale entered into a contract with the City on June 6, 1976, whereby the City agreed to sell up to one-third of its Miscellaneous Quantity Water (basically comprised of surplus Kern River water not needed by the City to satisfy its other obligations) for 35 years.
The combination of the contract and Miscellaneous supplies make up approximately 17% of the District’s water supply portfolio.